Today's Update: Friday, May 22

May 22, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

Happy High Five Friday! Hopefully we’ll get a break from the clouds and rain this holiday weekend.  

The S2F team will be really happy for some dry weather. They get a High Five for dealing with all the heavy rain we had on campus recently. Managers Stephanie Boron, Chris Kozar and David Gatorano were put to the test on one of the busiest days for the team dealing with leaks and flooding and preparing for any scenario. Special thanks to Kristin Knisley who kept it all together, including preparing to leave Lincoln if the situation got significantly worse. S2F had just completed training for team members new to the role, and were able to put into practice all they had learned the past few weeks. 

A High Five goes to Jeremy Gabis who volunteered his weekend time to lead of tour of science experts through our residence halls as post-pandemic planning continues across the university.  

Residence Life’s Jen Nelson gets a High Five for her tireless work leading the staff through changes, including front desk operations, throughout the spring and summer months, and for keeping other groups in the loop with their plans. 

High Five to the staff of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service for an innovative social media campaign for Mental Health Month. Through May they’ve been asking staff and students to send in photos to be posted with daily themes: Mental Health Monday, Talent Tuesday, Wild Card Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, Family and Friends Friday, Spirit Saturday and Self-Care Sunday.   

High Five to a number of property owners in the campus area. Because of COVID-19, one reduced the rent for May by 50%, another told students to just pay what they could. Another landlord and staff donated more than $33,000 to the Columbus Neighborhood Services Food Pantry.  

Our Human Resources consultants in the various Student Life departments get a High Five for managing all the aspects of our disaster leave policy, staffing needs and more.  

A High Five goes to Patrick Creedon, graduate administrative associate in the Center for the Study of Student Life, for figuring out how to automate some of CSSL’s large reporting projects and significantly cutting down on time spent reporting.

Rebecca Kapusta from Student Life Housing Administration gets a High Five for successfully supporting our regional campus partners as they piloted the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) on their campuses. 

And last but certainly not least, I'd like to shout out the Student Life Leadership Council. Thank you for continuing to lead your units so well while at the same time helping the university with our plans for a safe return to campus.  

It’s Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to reflect, relax, rejuvenate. And High Five to you for being Scarlet and Great and staying the course.  

Melissa